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Maintenance Fundamentals for Wind Technicians, 1st Edition

  • Wayne Kilcollins
  • ISBN-10: 1111307741
  • ISBN-13: 9781111307745
  • 464 Pages | Paperback
  • COPYRIGHT: 2013 Published
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About the Product

With an emphasis on both practice and theory, MAINTENANCE FUNDAMENTALS FOR WIND TECHNICIANS provides a comprehensive introduction to the field of wind energy that is appropriate for any electrical or mechanical technician. Through topics such as developing a preventative maintenance program, determining the performance of a wind turbine system, and monitoring improvement through system data analysis, this text teaches students the skills they need to be successful wind energy technicians. Safety-related practices, such as working at heights, tower rescue practices, and offshore projects, are emphasized to ensure that students understand the hazards associated with working in the wind industry. Filled with pedagogy such as hands-on exercises, applications, troubleshooting tips, and learning objectives keyed to AWEA skills, students will learn everything they need to know about maintaining, servicing and troubleshooting turbines on wind farms.


  • Safety concepts are included to help students understand how to reduce or eliminate potential hazards.

  • Technical concepts are reinforced to demonstrate how preventative maintenance improves equipment performance.

  • Reference material is included to assist electrical and mechanical technicians in bridging the gap between the two disciplines.

  • Technical material shows students how to implement safe work activities.

  • Preventative maintenance activity examples help students understand the skills that are required for technicians.

About the Author

Wayne Kilcollins

Wayne Kilcollins is currently the lead instructor for the Wind Power Technology program at Northern Maine Community College. For more than 25 years, he has worked in electrical components manufacturing and related industries for companies such as Bell Labs, Control Devices, First Technology, and GE Wind Energy. Over the course of his career, his responsibilities have included research and development for underwater applications of fiber optic communication systems, design and development of electromechanical circuit protection devices, and training of electrical and maintenance technicians with troubleshooting of automated assembly equipment. He also has extensive experience with Wind PowerTechnology, including wind turbine and maintenance. Throughout his career, Wayne Kilcollins has played an active role in promoting workforce development through the American Wind Energy Association's Education Working Group, Maine Wind Industry Initiative, and Maine Gubernatorial Renewable Energy Mission to Europe.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction.
2. Tower Safety.
3. Workplace Safety.
4. Workplace Hazards.
5. Lubrication.
6. Fluid Power.
7. Bolting Practices.
8. Test Equipment.
9. Component Alignment.
10. Down Tower Area.
11. Tower.
12. Machine Head.
13. Drive Train Assembly.
14. Generator.
15. Rotor Assembly.
16. External Surfaces.
17. Developing a Preventative Maintenance Program.
18. Park Management Tools.
Resource Materials.


All supplements have been updated in coordination with the Main title.
Please see Main title page for new to this edition information.

Instructor Supplements

Workbook  (ISBN-10: 111130775X | ISBN-13: 9781111307752)

The Lab Manual will provide hands-on lab exercises as well as additional chapter review elements.

Student Supplements

Workbook  (ISBN-10: 111130775X | ISBN-13: 9781111307752)

The Lab Manual will provide hands-on lab exercises as well as additional chapter review elements.